Diane Erwin, Senior Museum Scientist

Closed (1) Digitizing the fossil fern collections in the UC Museum of Paleontology.

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project is part of a NSF grant to digitize and photograph fossil ferns in the Museum of Paleontology as part of the Advancing the Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) Thematic Collections program. The specimen record data generated from the project will be uploaded to the UCMP online database, the Pteridophyte Collections Consortium Symbiota, iDigBio and other data aggregating web portals. From these web resources researchers and the public will have access to these data for scientific, education and outreach purposes.

To assist in organizing, databasing and georeferencing UCMP's fossil fern specimens using the UCMP online databasing system. Georeferencing fossils will be done using Geolocate and other mapping resources. Tasks will include hands-on work with fossil specimens, entering specimen data into the UCMP database for eventual uploading into the project's online Pteridophyte Collections Consortium Symbiota data portal. Learning outcomes will include gaining skills in curation of natural history collections, fossil fern identification, description, systematics and biology, and working with photo and specimen databases. The student will also have the opportunity to contribute content to the project's website and social media.

Qualifications: Students should have some interest in plants, paleontology, and/or the biological sciences, museum work and feel comfortable and capable of handling large to small, robust to delicate fossil specimens, be computer literate, fastidious, and possessing good typing skills a plus. Some of the work may involve somewhat repetitive tasks so student must stay focused and not be easily distracted or bored.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Related website: http://www.pteridoportal.org/portal/

Closed (2) Digitizing and preserving the UC Museum of Paleontology Fossil Amber collection.

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

The UCMP amber collection from Chiapas, Mexico is composed mostly of fossil insects. The project is funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conserve this collection by embedding the amber pieces in epoxy resin and providing research-grade images for presentation on the web for access by interested investigators and the public. This position will primarily be to assist in the imaging of specimens using sophisticated digital camera/microscope set-ups, processing the images using Adobe Photoshop, databasing and uploading the final images to the online database Calphotos, assist with research-related activities and project-related social media.

Students will assist in imaging, image processing, and uploading final images into Calphotos, Berkeley's online image database. They will learn to use sophisticated microscope-digital camera set-ups, process images using Adobe Photoshop software, and protocols for uploading the final images into Calphotos for access on the web. Through their efforts they will also have the opportunity to contribute to project-related research activities as well as contributing to the education and outreach goals with project-related posts to social media.

Qualifications: Students should have some interest in natural history, paleontology, insects, photography or gaining museum collections experience. Students will be working with small, very delicate specimens, sophisticated digital imaging microscope-digital camera set-ups and therefore need to be dexterous, pay attention to detail and not easily bored or distracted. Prior use and knowledge of Adobe Photoshop software helpful but not essential.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs